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My Comics 2016 (so far)

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My last post made me realize that I’ve been pretty bad about updating what new books I have out and what’s coming out.  So I figured I’d take a moment to let everyone know what is out so far this year.

Diebold Color

Ayla Speaker for the Dead #1

For What It’s Worth (writing on writing)

Joe Buskin

1: short comic book stories

2: short prose stories

A History of Voodoo

Looking back I can think not so bad for one year so far.  And the year’s not over with yet.  I have a few books upcoming and a few that might have to wait for the start of next year, just for finance’s sake.

Boxie: at the printer right now and will be in my hands on Oct. 7.

The Making of a Comic Book: I’m thinking this will be out this year.  It’s going to be in the same format as For What It’s Worth.  Basically it recounts how we created Ayla from start to finish.  I thought it might be helpful for some to see how a comic book was created.  I’m about half done with it and once it’s finished I think I’ll be able to swing the cost of publishing it this year.

Voices to hear: The Interviews:  Done, but probably won’t be out till the start of next year.  This is the biggest thing I’ve done so far.  At least a hundred pages, maybe a bit more.  Interviews with musicians from my music site Voices to hear.

Lucy: a children’s story told in comic book format.  Probably next year, I’m still working on this one and don’t have an artist for it yet either.

My Own Second Line (an Enoch Miller mystery):  this one is going to be a prose story, but I’m going to put it out in a comic book format.  I’m not sure how big it will be, but I’m thinking around 36 to 48 pages.  I’ve started it and am really enjoying writing it.  It’s bringing together a lot of ideas and half started stories I’ve been trying to start and finish over the years.  Hopefully this won’t go on that pile of half finished stuff, I figure if I talk about it here it’ll make me want to keep working on it.  But I really have a feel for it now.

Lizards The Complete Collection:  This is going to collect all my Lizards stories from Critters plus the one issue special that Caliber published.  This will be close to a 100 pages.  It will appear sometime next year.

Ayla Speaker of the Dead #2:  We’re already working on this so it will be out sometime next year.  I’m hoping for spring so I’ll have it for the summer convention season.

Boxie #2: Again we’ve started on it and I’m pretty confident we’ll have it out in the first few months of next year.

The Almighty Project #1:  I was hoping that I’d have the first issue of this one out this year, but problems pushed it off the rails and we definitely won’t be out until 2017.  I’m super excited about the new artist and think this is going to be really good.  I’m hoping that like the second issue of Ayla we can have this out the first half of next year.

And that’s all I’m going to list right now.  There are other projects with other artists, but none that I feel confident enough about announcing or putting a deadline to.  And as always I’ll be thinking of new things and adding them into the mix as I go.

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New Artist on The Almighty Project

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A few days back I was talking about looking for a new artist for The Almighty Project.  It didn’t take long after posting on Facebook for the messages to come.  A lot of good artists messaged me and I found one that I fell in love with her work at first glance.  Her name is Afia Shahid and I couldn’t be more pleased with her work.  She’s already jumped in and provided the character sketches you see on this page.  I love her designs for Jerry and his friends.  I can’t express how excited I am about this project right now.  I can’t wait till we start posing pages and let you all see it.

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The search is over!

afia shahid

Well, that didn’t take long.  In my previous post I mention that I was looking for a new artist for The Almighty Project.  I posted in a bunch of different Facebook groups and received a lot of very good responses back.  I appreciate everyone that emailed me with their work, it was all really good and gave me a lot of choices.  In the end I went with Afia Shahid, a talented artist from Pakistan.  The above is an example of her work and you can see more here.  I’m really excited to be working with her and I can’t wait to be able to start posting pages and letting everyone else see it.

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Looking for an Artist

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For the moment, as I mentioned previously, THE ALMIGHTY PROJECT is on hiatus while I look for an artist.  I’m not going to go into details about the previous artist, except to say it didn’t work out, and now I am in need of a new artist.  I have advertised on numerous sites on Facebook and already have some really good candidates so I’m hopeful that it won’t be too much longer before I can make a post that the comic is back on track and up online again.

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Comic Updates

Figured it was time to update some of the comics I’m working on.

Ayla cover logo 2

As you should all know by now, the first issue is out, which collects the first 24 pages of the webcomic.  We haven’t posted any new pages on the site yet, but we are working hard to get back up and online.  We should start posting the pages for the second issue before much longer.  The first ten pages are all in some sort of completion and I’m working on the script for the back half of the book.  This issue is going to be a little more violent than the previous issue and should lead into the third issue which should tie up the first storyline.

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This one is on hold for the moment as I search for a new artist.  Hopefully I’ll be able to announce some good news soon and we can get this back on track.  I really love this story and want to see it complete.  The plan was to have the first issue out by now, but unfortunately the best laid plans and all that stuff….

Boxie cover

The newest comic.  This is coming along like a house on fire.  (mmmm, is that a good comparison?  It’s meant to be.)  The artist Tyler Carpenter already has ten pages complete and is almost to the point of having to wait for me to provide pages of script.  The first issue is a one and done story, detailing her origin.  We may actually publish this before we put it up on the web we’re making such good time with it.  This is going to be a really fun comic.

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Voodoo

This one is written and I’m waiting on some of the art for it.  I just got two new pages today and they look great!  I’m down to about four or five pages and this one will be ready to be printed.  It’s got an amazing cover by Javi Laparra and I can’t wait to get it out there.

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This was just published last month and contains an old story by myself and artist Ron Wilber.  It’s first publication probably saw less than a dozen people picking it up and it was buried inside a huge 80 page anthology so I’m pretty confident that not many people have read this yet.  It’s a funny story that imagines what if Hunter Thompson retired, moved to Florida and became a Republican?  Well, not really Mr. Thompson, but a character in the same vein.

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These two comics should be out by the end of the month, they’re at the print now.  They are two different comic, just with one awesome cover by the always talented Javi Laparra again.  The first one collects my short comic book stories over the years and the second some prose stories and articles I’ve written.  And of course both have the introductions about when and where the stories were written.

vth final version

This is the first collection of interviews from Voices to hear and is pretty much finished, but I’m going to have to wait on printing it for a bit, until I have some more money to get it done.  This will done as a perfect bound book and clock in around a hundred pages.   So the price is going to be a little more than on the regular comic book printing.  It’s coming, just maybe be another month or two before I can get to it.

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And for all the other work I’ve talked about and some I haven’t talked about, it’s all in one form or another, but right now nothing close enough for me to really announce.  There are some great comics if we get them done.  I’ve got the collection of all my old Lizards stories from Critters once I get them all together.  And probably a few things I’ve probably even forgot about.

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New Comic

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I’m a little late in talking about this.  Three weeks ago we debuted the newest comic to feature my writing.  The Almighty Project.  This one is a lot different than Ayla Speaker for the Dead.  For starters it’s in black and white.  I know a lot of people might be turned off just because of that, but I think black and white is just as creative as color.  A lot of the comics I wrote when I first started writing are in black and white.  I’m hoping that the fact it’s in black and white won’t deter anyone from reading it.

The Almighty Project is my attempt at a Young Adult Novel.  If you’re a fan of Andrew Smith and any of his books, blame him.  I picked up The Grasshopper Jungle and fell in love with his writing.  It lead me to immediately look for every book the man has ever written and proceed to read them.  Which in turn lead me to want to write my own Young Adult Novel.  I wouldn’t blame it completely on Mr. Smith, I’ve been reading others before him, but he really grabbed me.

This story has more autobiographical elements in it than anything I have ever written also.  I’ll leave it the reader to determine which are which.

Please give it read and let me know what you think.  This story means a lot of me and I hope you enjoy it.

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